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the election, so obama, president obama hadn't been sworn in yet and there was a meeting in the oval office and a lunch with the five presidents. definitely a rare opportunity to see a lot of history all in one room. >> host: have you ever counted up how many people up in the same room as those five presidents? >> guest: know so is very special. >> host: back to george h.w. and barbara bush. a lot of photos of them in here as well including one of barbara bush with her camera. >> guest: yeah, she was a really good photographer actually. she would photograph me with president h.w. bush and president george w. bush and send me the photos signed by can record time. she was amazing. >> host: here's another photo of mrs. bush, barbara bush. >> guest: yes, this was election evening 2004 very late at night. actually it might have been early in the morning. we had just learned that president bush was ahead mathematically to win the election. so the family decided it was time to celebrate with a conga line. >> host: how often would you alone, just you and the bush family? >> guest: a lot, a lot. esp
that was unlikely. but certainly there is no probability it was going get it all smaller if president obama was elected as he was. after the president's re-election, i think a lot of conservatives and libertarians were demoralized particularly people who thought that romney was going win in some kind of a landslide. were worried obama's re-election meant the country had changed in some fundamental irreversible way. they began to doubt after the 2010 elections had looked pretty good for groups like the tea party and conservative and republicans. they began to doubt that big government could be stopped. so that's one of the reasons why i think having the discussion is important. i think there's no reason for people to give up all hope. i think when you look at the trajectory of american politics in the last few election cycles it's been bald. we have seen a lot of change in a short period of time. you are a young audience. that was going to be ushered by the american's opposition to gay marriage. remember that? how did either of them out. by by 2006 we were hearing a different story. democrat
and that's where he would meet a young man named barack obama in the 70s. he was introduced by obama's grandfather, stanley dunham. i should back up a little bit. he was african-american. he was a republican from the time of lincoln to fdr. remarkably what so far to the left that during world war ii he joined the communist party. he joined communist party u.s.a. a lot of american communists never joined communist party u.s.a. you literally sworn allegiance to the soviet union, and you committed yourself to a communist party u.s.a. caught a soviet american republic. so davis really went to the other side and after that ended up editing -- he was the founding editor-in-chief of the communist party publication of chicago, the chicago star was a down the line pro-soviet pro-stalin publication. did that for two years and then went off to honolulu was a columnist for the record, basically the publication in honolulu. bro from 1849 to 1957. his writings were incredibly anti-american at the time. especially anti-harry truman because turbine was the president opposing stalin. frank marshall d
obama, the transition. president obama agrees with anything that is deceiving. and redistribution. >> and we all want the same thing. and there is deep disagreement at the moment, and there's so much disagreement right now. the discussion really ideological points. one the best ways. and whether it can be many paths. and what we mentioned. and businesses, if i have a good one. and to be tactical, the question right now is whether -- pecan ground. >> quick question with regards to education. the nyu school of business. i see from that for there are a lot of international students. from personal experience, obviously doing something right by attracting foreign students and go back and implement the things we talked about. are we doing the right thing? why are they coming and while we not going to north korea to study? >> that is the great question. one of the great things about the united states, higher education, and study. that is one of the reasons, if what we talk about facing the home's opportunity to bring back the society you go to business school. doesn't matter what you ta
. obama's four horsemen, as you can see. other pop -- apocalyptic. i think a lot of the books that are out have come out in the past few months have talked about america at a crossroads or america at a point where we have a big decision to make. david who is a terrific writer and spokesperson basically says the we have crossed that point. it is too late to avoid some of the disasters that we are facing. now we just have to buckle down and figure how to get through. >> the last book you have, you're holding a galley right here. >> holding a little one. this book is not even get out. this is our next big book coming in april. it's called the ultimate obama survivor get -- survival guide. this is a terrific read. very fine. also very practical. the first part of the book tells us all the terrible things we're facing under a second term abroad, and the second half of the buck is a very practical survival guide. everything from how to buy gold coins to how to stop your house -- stockier house of food and water down to buy a gun and what ammunition to stack upon. he has covered all the bases in
to michelle obama for raising the national conversation about obesity and health and nutrition. on the one side. on the other hand, too, these products are so compelling. i like to call them the foods we hate to love because, you know, it's hard to talk about something that you love to eat in negative, in negative tones. >> host: michael moss, what was the reception from the food companies when you approached them about "salt sugar fat"? >> guest: i think that they were actually -- i mean, i was surprised by how willing they were to talk to me. and i started off with a trove of internal documents which helped tremendously. these thousands and thousands of pages put me at the table as the largest companies were plotting and planning and formulating their way to creating new products. those documents enabled me to convince their top scientists, marketing officials, ceos in some cases to talk to me and reveal even more secrets. and so -- and i was really surprised by how many companies have a cabal of insiders who are genuinely concerned about obesity and health issues associated with their p
examine. the third emerged during the last ten years of president obama's first term. over this period, the president, as we remember, vividly, i'm sure, faced relentless pressure from benjamin netanyahurc wi conress and wi the poe eny i this pressure forced the president into humiliating retreats from positions on a settlement freeze, on the potential borders of a palestinian state and urgent need of a state staked out first two years in office. as anybody's who's followed this conflict knows, these were positions previously taken by succession of the u.s. president, but this president was obliged to abandon them. it was not palestine on which he focused almost interly in the first two years in office, but the question of iran's nuclear program, benjamin netanyahu's preferred subject, in exchange ever since. the climb down was complete, and i argue that was seen, yet again, in the bulk of the speech therntly in jerusalem. s writing on the subject, and, aain, the corrupt language played a crucial role. for decades, the repeated man tray of a peace process served to obscure reality. thi
someone like newt gingrich running for president and he calls president barack obama the food stamp president, on one level he can say i'm talking about how more people went on food stamps during barack obama's presidency than any other president. you can dispute that figure or not, and some people have, but that is what he says he means there but there's another meaning on top of it, where black people are associated with welfare programs. welfare programs are considered undesirable. the term welfare is determined undesirable, and if you can connect a black president with the idea the is handing free stuff to people to get them to vote for him, that's an association that can work with voters. and indeed people, journalists who interviewed folks who voted in the south carolina primary where gingrich won the republican contest, said that idea was a strong one for them. that association was something they agreed with. so, we see even now politicians can use this coded language, reach the people they want to reach, but also be able to deny they're using that tactic because there's anot
. it is interesting obama used to talk about overuse with a speech he gave to congress and the first term he mentioned we have to curtail overuse. but i don't hear president obama talking about over use any more as a factor in reducing medicare spending. so once again is the informed members to put back on the agenda and citizens will have to correct the misallocation of resources. while preparing for the talk i was thinking what are some of these solutions? was sentenced in new jersey walking along nassau street and there was a bookstore in there was a'' how democracy democracy, to fix it will need more democracy we need more informed citizens of what is aware of what is going on to have the checks and balance of the system. the biggest challenge we face is health care company's primary duty to shareholders they have to demonstrate increased revenue and profitability and has a condition of their statute in this drives it up. this is in direct conflict as state and federal governments. here is say'' that we will keep dancing and down the music stops. one of the renowned capitalists of our time john go
church. the obama administration knew about it and actually reported about in the state department religious freedom, which is still the gold standard for human rights reporting. but at the time it was happening they said nothing and did nothing. so on our watch this has happened. the bush administration, two-thirds of the christians in iraq were driven out. we have it in the book about conversations we had about secretary rice at the time saying please protecting. again, we had 100,000 troops on thground and she said no, we cannot get involved. it's sectarian here. meanwhile, the united states had just installed a shiite government in iraq and was negotiating on the path of sunni leaders to get sunni appointments in the government. so it just rang true. >> it does seem as i listen because i'm being educated on this, some rights are more equal than others, right? in other words, if we're talking about universal concept or standard of let's say women's rights, then we can speak out against them. but it seems like there's been a shining a we're doing that with regard to religious lib
so that we can dream bigger and better. and i think one of the best things about barack obama being elected president is that now you can turn to a black child and say you really can be president. >> but do you really want to? [laughter] no thanks, we don't want that job. >> one of the ways to oppress somebody is to get them to oppress themselves. >> right. >> so freeing these images in the media from stereotypes is about freeing people from the shackles on their own imagination. >> it's interesting how obama himself has become a one man cultural war just by being who he is. not just what he durksz who he is. as you mentioned, it seems like we have abortion rights, cob that sense -- contraception, and yet we have the pretty strong advance of marriage equality and gay rights. can you kind of speak to that? what's going on there? >> i think it would be the other way around. >> yes. >> really, really good question. and so as we know, hardly anyone believed in gay marriage ten years ago, and now there's significant majority support in pretty much every community accept among white evang
soon. it is an old publication, 1944. >> david harsanyi, author of "obama's 4 horsemen: the disasters unleashed by obama's reelection," thanks. .. >> scott spiker, he was a very young, at the time, navy pilot and the father of two, had a nice family started down in jacksonville, florida. why any interest in them? the initial starting interest. the time when he went missing in the red headlines. at bottom of this was kind of odd. why are they looking for in? why are they doing this? why are they doing this to make certain protocols are followed when something like this happens. if you think about this in terms of how i would think about it, 1994. i started to get more interested and interested in what was going on because i would you things here and there. people would just talk with me. i went back. and by the time i got to the end of the 90's the administration kept talking about it in the media. but going back and try to piece together the story and see what they're saying and what they want saying to read in my mind, the way my mind works is, these pieces of reformation are a mosai
the president obama's continued engagement in the libyan hostility. apparently contrary to the war powers resolution, which thinks is constitutional but as he told my class, he said but it's not constitutional as to all applications. and apparently the obama administration felt it would be unconstitutional for congress to provide too many limits on the president's power to conduct hostilities against libya. now where those are we don't really know. so the commander-in-chief clause is actually a very important constitutional provision. and logan's project i think is the first one to actually give it some legal purchase. what might've been the official meaning of the commander-in-chief clause. because windows was drafted at philadelphia, i think the only commander-in-chief bid on was george washington. they certainly did not have george iii in mind. they did not have even governors in mind. governors were also the heads of the militias in various states. those also not their goal. but instead their model, if they had one, they probably did, was george washington. one of the many things loga
come about a year after my, my trip to drc to do my basic reporting when president obama announced that 100 u.s. military special operations forces would go to the drc and neighboring countries to work directly with native armies to hunt and hopefully destroy the lord's resistance army. but when i was there three years ago, that announcement had yet to come, and the ingredients of that intervention were still sort of bubbling in the pot. so i looked at it. it was an unmade thing, and i asked myself could this, could this be a new -- it's not necessarily a new way of war. there have been plenty of armed interventions, plenty of armed interventions by and for humanitarian reasons. but could this represent a kind of military strategy is not the right word, but a grand strategy? an answer to the question what is america's role in the world postiraq? postafghanistan? could we leave a decade of bad war behind us and fight good warsesome now, there's going to be lots of caveats to that question. is u.s. military intervention in africa, to say nothing of congo, can that be a good war? the
sections on president obama or arnie duncan, and at one point, i presented to an adviser in a fellowship i had including the writer, and he came up afterwards saying it was a stupid idea because the people and experiences in new orleans were so compelling and interesting on their own, and so i settled on the idea of structuring the book around three schools with one person preimminent in each. lori, aiden, and all of whom i met at different times in different ways. since writing the book was a journey for me, i wanted to talk about what i learned over the course of reporting and writing it, apart from the fact i would make a terrible teacher. [laughter] the first is that the -- i feel like the extremists and absolutists on both sides of the public conversation over school, form, and other issues dominate the debate, but their voices don't capture the needs and desires of those attending and working in the schools. i had covered education for long enough when i started working on the book to some degree, but i was really amazed by the extent to which the ideals and aspirations of many famil
's surprise in the publishing house on a daily basis. and the war on religion that obama was waiting and so forth and so on. and the reality is, i mean, the first amendment to not emerge from the ether. it was not some intellectual exercise. it was as were the other amendments and the constitution and sells, specific responses to specific historical events. and in this but really it goes into many of those events. sort of grew and to the first night later. but as a writer, i think to try to prevent riding the present into the past, you have to be aware of your biases. and, as amy said, you don't have to hide the necessarily, but you have to be aware of them. he referred to the fact that i was a football coach and i did that for a few years after i dropped out of my ph.d. program in history. [laughter] and now was a defensive coordinator s small college, and we used to run the defense that had sort of a built-in weakness. it was great in many places, but there was an area of that defense that we were outnumbered by the offensive players. we ran the defense anyway and were actually quite succ
the economy was so messed up by george bush that obama struggled mightily to overcome this horrible situation he inherited. the second reason is most americans believe republicans only care about rich people. and those are branding problems that the republican party has to to overcome. and it's hard to overcome it because you've got three obstacles; academia, hollywood and our major media, all of which are overwhelmingly liberal. when you say something, it's got to be interpreted through the filter of those three entities, and often it's been distorted. >> host: larry elder is our guest, this is booktv on c-span2 live from the los angeles times festival of books, campus of usc. mike's in fort worth, texas. hi, mike. >> caller: how's it going, larry? my -- pretty good. i'm a african-american democrat, but i agree with you one of the big problems in the african-american community is lack of fathers in the house. but i think, larry, when you say that, you kind of come off kind of harsh on black people. now, what's the reason behind the lack of a lot of fathers being in the house, drinking or in
the advisory he was taught by the wars outside the war zone. early on the obama administration. and he said in contrast to the wars in iraq and afghanistan where the united states has used a hammer, he said we, the obama administration, can use a scalpel. it was an idea i had that scalpel certainly applied a sos free. surgery without obligations. but we see that's not the case in a lot of places. so i thought i would take his analogy and make it a nice because nice fights are a lot messier. >> host: steve, california, you're on with mark mazzetti from "the new york times." >> caller: this. the united states has not declared war in over 70 years. the wars we thought, korea, vietnam, iraq, afghanistan have all been basically unconstitutional. we seem to have given up any a semblance of pretending to declare war, congress seems to have no stomach to declaring war but obviously no problem fighting them. i'm wondering whether or not you think that the militarization of the cia, potential conflict between the different agencies and the defense department might in fact said whether that we return
that obama was waging in so forth and so on and the reality is, the first amendment didn't emerge from the east though. it wasn't some intellectual exercise. it was, as were the other amendments, the constitution itself specific response to specific historical events. in this book really goes into many of those events and supportive grew into the first amendment later. but, as a writer, a thing to try to prevent writing the president into the past to have to be aware of the biases and as amy said, you may not have to hide them necessarily but you have to be aware of them, referring to the fact that i was a football coach and i did that for a few years after he dropped out of my ph.d. program in history. and i was a defensive coordinator at a small college and i was on the defense that has sort of the built-in weakness. it was great in many places but there was an area of the defense that we were outnumbered by the offensive players. we were on the defense anyway and actually we were quite successful but we knew that. every single day we practiced so weakness would not kill us and every
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